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Topic: GOVERNMENT

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: république, from Latin respublica, from res 'thing' + publica 'public'

republic

noun
     
re‧pub‧lic W2, Republic [countable]
PG a country governed by elected representatives of the people, and led by a president, not a king or queen [↪ democracy, monarchy]:
the former Federal Republic of Germany
Nine republics took part in the referendum.
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